April 30, 2017
GWU series recap coming soon!
April 24, 2017
JMU series recap coming soon!
April 8, 2017
Another weekend, another road conference series for the Tribe. This weekend the team traveled to Charlottesville to play the UVA Cavaliers.
The Tribe again started a game with a run in the first inning. However, it took until the 5th for them to add any more on. Meanwhile, Matt Smith was striking out 8 batters, allowing 5 hits, and gave up 1 run in a complete game effort. The Tribe took a commanding 6-1 victory to open the series.
Game 2 was a completely different story. The Tribe played one of their worst games of the year. Former Tribe ball player Derek Richardson, started on the mound for UVA. Mistakes racked up on both sides of the ball. Even with an 8 run second inning the Tribe could not make up for all the mistakes made. The 8 runs came on 10 walks, 7 straight, and a double by Dakota Hunter. They dropped the game by a score of 13-14.
The rubber match took place on Sunday. Both teams struggled early on the offensive side of the ball. The Cavs struck first with a single run in the 3rd. The green & gold answered with 2 in the 4th and 5 in the 5th. After taking the 5-2 they never looked back. Hansen earned the win going 6 innings, and Matthew Strother earned the save by going 3 innings with 4 K's.
April 2, 2017
The Tribe traveled north to open conference play at Maryland. They got out to a hot start scoring 4 runs in the first 3 innings of action. Kyle Wilson singled, stole, and scored twice during this span. At the same time, Matt Smith pitched himself into a lead. It wasn't until the 7th when he started to weaken. Maryland battled back to tie the game in the bottom half of the frame to send the game to extras. To start the 8th, Ryan Cronin, who came in as a defensive replacement for Ben Reid, lead off with a walk. Kyle Wilson proceeded to smack a double to score Cronin. Hunter McKinney added an insurance run with a sac fly to score Wilson. Dakota Hunter was sent to the mound to finish the game off. He threw a perfect 1-2-3 inning to earn the save, and the club a victory.
In game two, the Tribe once again started hot by scoring at least 1 run in each of the first four innings. This was needed as the Terps scored 4 runs in the first 3 innings of play. Maryland took the lead in the 5th after a lead off triple started a two run inning. The green and gold answered in the 6th to tie the game. In the top of the 7th, a Ben Reid double off the wall scored the go ahead run. Once again Dakota Hunter came in to finish it off, and once again he had a perfect inning to seal the deal!
After winning the series William & Mary came out sluggish on Sunday. They still scored two in the 1st inning, but failed to score again until the 9th. An error plagued defensive day allowed Maryland to score 10 runs, with only 4 of them being earned. Even with the loss W&M still took the series, and Ben Reid made an incredible comeback from injury going 7-10 (2 2B, 5 RBI, 3 SB).
March 26, 2017
The Blue Hens came into town cocky and ready to breeze through the Tribe. What transpired was the complete opposite as William and Mary swept the series with a run differential of 15-1.
To start the series Nate Rhondeau took the hill for his first appearance back from an arm injury. Unsure of what he was capable of, Rhondeau cruised in 4 1/3 innings of work. The only hit he gave up was on the first pitch of the game. The Tribe's offense gave him an early lead by plating 3 runs in the second inning. The offense kept rolling as they scored 4 more runs, to end the game in a 7-0 victory.
The green and gold started the second game where they left off by scoring 3 runs in the first. Kyle Wilson and Hunter McKinney started the game of with back to back singles and subsequently scoring. Unfortunately, after that the bats cooled off, but 3 runs were plenty. Ryan Hansen kept the Blue Hens batters at bay. With a solid defense behind him Hansen once again went the distance to pick up a win.
On Sunday, the Tribe was poised to take the sweep with ace Matt Smith on the mound. Smith kept the Delaware bats off balanced as lazy fly balls and rolled out ground balls were all they could muster. If it wasn't for an error in the 4th, the Tribe would have had a scare. Offensively the Tribe took awhile to wake up for the early morning showdown. Cory Thomas started the 4th inning off with a double to later score to take the lead. Later Kyle Wilson started another rally with a hit. Following him Bryan Harthun, Cory Thomas, and Dakota Hunter rallied off 3 consecutive hits to score 3 more runs. This was more than enough cushion for Seth Perry to earn the save.
March 16, 2017
Unfortunately due to inclement weather William & Mary's conference opener at Virginia Tech has been postponed. The series is tentatively rescheduled for May 5-6.
March 12, 2017
The Tribe was back in action versus #15 ranked Loyola Maryland (DII). The green and gold controlled the first game from start to finish. They scored in every inning except the 2nd, and scored multiple runs in three different innings. Ryan Hansen set the tone from the mound. He went the whole game by scattering 4 hits to give up a lone run. Along the way he tallied 6 strikeouts.
In game 2, the offense picked up right where it left off scoring 4 runs in the first. Kyle Wilson led the way going 3-4 (RBI, 3 RS) and swiping 4 bags.
To complete the sweep, the Tribe had to comeback from a 3-1 deficit going into the bottom of the 5th inning. W&M went on to score 5 runs in the sixth inning ignited by John Griffin's 2 RBI single. Seth Perry picked up his second win of the season in a 1 1/3 inning relief appearance. He ended the game with 3 straight K's.
February 26, 2017
William & Mary held their home open versus Drexel and found themselves in an early 5-3 hole. The Tribe tied the score by the 5th after Hunter McKinney and Kendall Bayless RBI's. After completing the scheduled 7 innings the scored remained tied. Dakota Hunter threw 5 1/3 innings of great relief only giving up 1 run on 3 hits. Extras! In the bottom of 8th, Hunter McKinney led off with a beautiful bunt single and later scored to tie the game at 6-6. On to the 9th, Seth Perry took the mound for the Tribe. After giving up a lead off double, Perry threw 3 ground balls to get out with no damage done. In the bottom half of the inning Kendall Bayless led off with a double. Kyle Wilson followed with a sacrifice bunt - moving Bayless to third. Hunter McKinney stepped to the plate and as the pitcher went into his windup Bayless took off for home. The pitch was thrown, McKinney squared to bunt, and again a beautiful bunt was laid down. Kendall Bayless slid into home safely and the Tribe won it's first game on a suicide squeeze.
Game two was shorten due to inclement weather. In this 5 inning game, the green and gold took an early 3-0 lead thanks to Kendall Bayless's 3 run homerun! The next inning the Tribe extended the lead after Bryan Harthun scored. That was all the insurance Ryan Hansen needed on the mound as he went 5 innings on 4 hits while only giving up 1 run.
W&M looked to sweep on Sunday. Kyle Wilson scored in the first, Bayless hit two doubles scoring twice himself, and Dakota Hunter had a solo homerun. Matt Smith toed the rubber to start. He went 5 complete innings of no hit ball when a little dribbler broke it up to start the 6th inning of play. Smith cruised in his 7 innings of work allowing only 1 hit and 3 walks. Matt Strother sealed the deal in the 8th and 9th with 3 K's to give the Tribe a sweep!
February 12, 2017
The Tribe opened the 2017 season off at #2 ECU. In game one, the pirates threw an All-American pitcher that used his stuff to carve up the rusty bats of the Tribe. The Tribe only managed two hits and two walks all game. The Tribe's defense and pitching of Matt Smith kept the game within 1 run until the 6th. Then 3 errors plagued the effort as the pirates' lead ballooned to 6-0.
The bats woke up by game two as the Tribe collected 10 hits. The Tribe took and loss the lead in the first, and later came back to tie the game in the 3rd. Once again errors plagued the Tribe (6 in total), as the pirates did not score an earned run.
The Sunday game was full of action. To start Kyle Wilson, Hunter McKinney, and Cory Thomas led off the game with back to back to back hits off of last year's NCBA Pitcher of the Year. The Tribe took a 2 run lead in the first inning. With the game tied in the 7th Ryan Cronin and Matt Strother drew walks, which was followed by a Jake Beretta sac bunt. The catcher fielded the bunt and proceeded to overthrow the 3rd baseman, scoring Cronin. The Tribe took a 6-3 lead to end the top half of the frame; However, ECU rallied to bring the score to 6-5 by the end of the inning. William & Mary had three straight K's in the eighth, which allowed the pirates to take a lead in the bottom half. W&M fought in the 9th inning to get the tying and winning run in scoring position but could not muster the hits to bring them in.
January 26, 2017
The 2017 NCBA DI Pre Season Rawlings Top 20 Poll press release came out today. After looking at all the team previews nation wide, a voting panel from the NCBA ranks the teams. The Tribe was unable to crack the top 20, but we did receive our first votes as a DI program. William & Mary is part of the others receiving votes, with 2 votes to our name! Check back in a couple weeks to see if the Tribe moves up in the rankings.
November 22, 2016
Election season lasted longer at William & Mary. This past Friday the Tribe held elections for the officer staff. Hunter "Coach Burns" McKinney was re-elected for his final term as coach. All other positions were filled by newly elected members of the club. Sophomore Ben Reid is the new President. Cory Thomas is the new VP. Nathan Broffman won the treasurer position after delivering a one of a kind speech. Nate Rhondeau is the new Alumni Chair. Congratulations to the Officer Staff for the 2017 year!
November 13, 2016
The fall season ended with a trip to Greenville, SC for the Greenville Fall Invitational, a 12-team pool play style tournament, for the 4th straight year. By making the championship game the Tribe had their best finish yet. Below is a full recap of the tournament games.
The green and gold opened with an impressive win over Coastal Carolina. Matt Smith gave up a lead off triple to open the game, but settled in after that. The Tribe held CCU to one run that inning and only one more the rest of the game. Smith finished his complete game victory with 7 K's, 0 walks, 5 hits, and 2 runs. On the offensive side the green and gold scored in every inning except the first. By several different ways they pieced together 1 or 2 runs every frame ending with 8 runs. Matt Strother had a great game, out of the 9 hole, hitting 2-4 with 3 RBIs. Dakota Hunter and Ryan Cronin both hit 2-2 with 2 walks and a run scored.
The next opponent for the Tribe was Emory, which ended in a 5 inning run rule. A 7 run first inning helped the Tribe's cause. The first 6 batters reached base safely with the seventh hitting a sac fly. After hitting around, Kyle Wilson smoked a 2 run triple into right center for his second at-bat of the inning. The scoring had a drought until the bottom of the fifth when the tribe scored the 3 runs needed to end the game. Ryan Hansen (2-3 3RBI, RS, BB) had a 2 RBI single to end the affair. Dakota Hunter pitched a complete game shutout on 8 strikeouts and 3 hits.
The Tribe ended Saturday 2-0 with only 2 runs allowed in pool play. Sunday morning they were scheduled to play Eastern Kentucky to decide the pool winner and possible wild card spot. However the weather had other plans. Rain came early in the morning. The NCBA tournament directors decided to cancel the final pool play games and move on to the semi-final round. Due to the impressive performance the Tribe put on the previous day they earned the #1 seed and a game versus Georgia Southern.
The rain, and projected forecast, forced the semis and championship games to be 5 innings in length. In the shortened semifinal game the Tribe dug itself a deep hole. GSU plated 4 in the top of the first. W&M responed with 2 runs of its own from a Dakota Hunter 2 run homerun. The high scoring affair continued in the 3rd inning. Georgia Southern increased the lead to 6-2; however, once again, the Tribe answered with another Dakota Hunter homerun. This time a 3 run bomb! Working off that momentum the Tribe scored 9 runs in the 4th to get a 15-9 lead that they would maintain to a victory. 4 of those 9 runs came from a Cory Thomas grand slam! The Tribe had 11 hits against GSU, with 3 of them being homeruns. Mike Shepard earned the W in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
A familiar foe came between the green and gold and the trophy, Elon. The Tribe once again dug an early hole. This time the opponent had a 2 run first inning, thanks to the help of an error. Just as the game before, the Tribe answered back. The Tribe's hot bats only cooled off slightly. Cory Thomas had another homerun to put W&M up 4-2. The defense could not make the plays to hold the lead. Several errors allowed Elon to come back into the game and eventually take the lead. Overall the Tribe made one too many mistakes on both sides of the ball to bring home the championship.
Highlights from the weekend include: Dakota Hunter (7-10 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 RS, 3 BB, 2 SB), Hunter McKinney (6-11 2 2B, 3 RBI, 5 RS, 3 BB, 1 Sac), Kyle Wilson (5-13 3B, 3SB), Ryan Cronin (6-11 2 2B, 4 RBI, 4 RS, 2 SB), Cory Thomas (2-8 2HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, SB), Matthew Strother (5-9 4 RBI), and Matt Smith with 12 IP, 12 K's, 10 hits, 1 walk, 4 ER, and 1 win.
November 6, 2016
13 runs! That's how many runs the Tribe scored in the opening game at Mary Washington. The team stat line includes 15 hits, 12 walks, 8 of 9 starters scoring, and an inside the park home run. After the right fielder missed on his dive attempt, Hunter McKinney put on the burners and rounded the bases for a 2 RBI inside the park homerun! It was Ben Reid with the best day going 4-5 with 2 RBI, 3 RS, and a 3B that hit the wall at 370 feet! Matt Smith was almost perfect on the mound in his 3 innings of work. He threw 34 pitches recording 7 K's and only 1 hit.
The Tribe only slowed down a bit in the second game, knocking 10 hits instead of 15. Will Fesjian started it off, in the top of the first, with a lead off single followed by a stolen base and a run. Ryan Hansen and Seth Perry combined for 1 earned run, 3 hits, and 5 K's. Perry neared three perfect innings of relief that escaped him by one lone walk.
October 23, 2016
A Sunday drive landed the Tribe at Elon for a doubleheader against the Phoenix. Game 1 was a low scoring affair. The Tribe struck first in the 4th inning with three consecutive singles by Cory Thomas, Nicky Maiolo, and Ryan Hansen that scored the first two. Hansen was 3-3 with an RBI in the game. Those two runs were all the Tribe could muster. However, that was enough until the sixth when 3 errors played huge as Elon evened the score. After a lead off single, followed by a walk, in the seventh, Elon had the bases loaded and one out. A laser beam shot down the third base line that a diving Cory Thomas made a play on, but couldn't make the throw home- ending the game. Matt Smith started on the mound for the Tribe and went 5 innings giving up two hits and zero runs.
The green and gold came backin game 2 to even the match. They put six runs on the board with four of them coming in the 5th innning. Seth Perry led the charge with 2 hits, one double, a run scored, and 3 RBIs! Matt Strother and Kyle Wilson also went 2-3 while scoring a run. Ryan Hansen, not letting Matt Smith out do him, pitched 5 innings of 3 hit ball, 6 K's, and 0 runs.
October 16, 2016
The alumni came rolling into town as Homecoming weekend approached. The 3rd Annual Alumni Game was held at the WISC this season. The turnout may not have been as large as the past games, but the excitement was just as grand. John Bowman started the game for the Alumni. After giving up back to back singles to Kyle Wilson and Hunter McKinney, he settled into his groove. Going further into the game Bowman began to look like the ace he once was for the Tribe finishing after 4 innings with several K's and 1 earned run. Other alumni highlights include CJ Aftergut beating the extreme, unconventional shift not once, but twice; Thomas "Chop" Pulisic with a double; Bobby Klein with a RBI triple; and a 35 year old Chris Powers flashing the glove. However, in the end, the current players were to much as they prevailed with a 9-8 victory.
October 13, 2016
On a Thursday evening the Tribe headed to TNCC for a weeknight game. Action started in the bottom of the first inning as Ryan Hansen worked himself out of a bases loaded jam with 2 strikeouts. The following frame Hansen almost worked his magic again, but an error cost the team a run. That was the theme of the night- errors turning into unearned runs. TNCC scored 5 runs in total, all unearned. Highlights include Hansen throwing 3 innings (4 K's, 1 hit, 0 ER), Dakota Hunter toping Hansen with 5 strikeouts, Dak also went 2-3 at the plate, and Cory Thomas knocked one over the right field fence for a 2 run homerun.
September 31, 2016
Due to the inclement weather the Williamsburg Fall Classic has been cancelled. We would still like to send our thanks to Sports Williamsburg who helped us get this tournament off the ground, as well as our other sponsorships.
The Tribe will be back in action after Fall Break to take on TNCC for a weeknight game.
September 18, 2016
The Tribe started their 2016 fall campaign in Harrisonburg with a doubleheader versus JMU. It was a rusty start for the Tribe, as they shook all the dust off, while the Dukes had played games prior to this matchup. That did not stop the green and gold from competing, with several new faces displaying their talent. For instance, in game 1, Ryan Hansen came into the game and went 1-2 at the plate while tossing 3 innings of 5 hit ball with 1 earned run in his debut. Matt Smith started the game on the bump striking out 4 of the 6 batters he faced.
In game 2, Will Fesjian led the offense going 2-3 with an RBI. New arrival from graduate school, Seth Perry, threw 2 innings of perfect baseball against the heart of the JMU order. However, all this was not enough as the Tribe dropped both games on the day.
June 16, 2016
Mid-Atlantic All Region Teams were announced today. The Tribe had 5 honorees! Hunter McKinney earned 1st Team All Mid-Atlantic Region second base, Thomas Pulisic earned 2nd Team outfield, Dakota Hunter honored as 3rd Team first base, Cory Thomas received 3rd Team third base, and Matt Smith earned 3rd Team starting pitcher. Congratulations to these members of the Tribe!
May 1, 2016
The last week of the regular season and the stakes are high. William & Mary needs a sweep over VT to win the conference and a playoff berth; Virginia Tech needs a series win over W&M to win the conference and a playoff berth. Not only that but this is also senior weekend for the Tribe.
Game one was a slugfest. Both teams had a 5 run inning of their own, 17 combined runs were scored, 22 combined hits what more could the offenses do? For the Tribe the four and five hitters in the lineup led the way: Dakota Hunter 2-3 (2B, 3B, 2 RBI, Sacf, 2 R) and Cory Thomas 3-4 (2 RBI, R). However in the end, it was not enough as the Hokies plated 10, to the Tribe's 7. This loss meant the end to any conference title hopes, and with an Ohio University win in the MAC-West Conference, so too was the playoff dreams.
The rest of the series was played for the seniors. The last 16 innings of the season a senior did not see the bench. In their final game every one of them hit at the top of the order to get as many final at-bats in as possible. The last two games were some of the most loose, fun baseball played in while that reminded us why we play the game. For instance in the final game of the year players rotated field positions every inning, excluding pitcher and catcher. In the last inning Vincent Cunningham toed the rubber one final time. A better finale could not have been planned then for him to strikeout his final batter on a sweeping curveball and his teammates yelling "Daddy's home!"
The Tribe is graduating 7 seniors: CJ Aftergut, Vincent Cunningham, CJ Dube, Hank Evans, Nate Hatter, Evan Morogiello, and Thomas Pulisic. This senior class was an integral part in the 2014 DII World Series run and in the jump to DI, they led on the field as well as off the field making this team into more than just a team. Kaku Masuda is also leaving because he studied at The College for one year as a study abroad student from Japan. To those leaving we wish you the best in your future endeavors.
April 24, 2016
Maryland came to Williamsburg this weekend to play a three game series. This was an interesting weekend for the Tribe to say the least, with playoff hopes riding on a series win.
To start the series, the Terrapins and the Tribe were locked in a 0-0 stalemate for 5 innings. Kaku Masuda (WM) and Thayer Seely (UM) had complete control of the game on the mound; through five each had only allowed 3 hits and 1 runner in scoring position. In the top of the 6th, after a lead off walk, Maryland broke through to score 1. In the end the green and gold could not find an answer for Maryland's ace who stroke out 12 while yielding 4 hits.
With that loss, William & Mary would have to win out to keep a playoff berth alive. In game two, Maryland got out to an early 5-2 lead, which grew to a healthy 7-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th. Facing their final three outs, Hunter "Coach Burns" McKinney led off the inning with a single, up next Thomas Pulisic followed suit, then a Dakota Hunter walk loaded the bases. With the bases loaded Cory Thomas smacked a 2 RBI double. Later in the inning after a Kendall Bayless single and Kyle Wilson walk the bases were once again loaded. The current situation was then bases loaded, 2 outs, W&M down 2 runs, and Hunter McKinney stepping to the plate. Coach then sent a hard groundball down the first base line, past a diving first baseman into the outfield, scoring 2 runs for the win! A WALKOFF.
With momentum heading into the Sunday finale William & Mary never looked back. Matt Smith tossed another gem. He went the distance, going 9 innings, yielding 4 hits on route to a shutout. Matt tallied more strikeouts (5) than hits allowed (4). On the offensive side of the ball, the Tribe continued their hitting from the 7th inning of game two. In total 6 runs scored on 13 hits. A total team effort as 8 starters recorded hits, 6 different guys scored, and 4 different guys batted in a run. Kyle Wilson stood out on this day hitting 3-4 (R, RBI, BB, SB). With this 6-0 win the green and gold kept their playoff hopes alive heading into the final week of the regular season!
April 21, 2016
Non-conference play ended with a match up versus TNCC. With only 9 players at the game defensive lineups were interesting to say the least. CJ Dube was sighted at first base, Connor Matuszewski at second base, Matt Smith with a rare appearance in the outfield, and Hunter McKinney behind the plate. The patched defense held their own, even throwing base stealers out! On the mound freshmen Kendall Bayless and Omar Hanley made their second and first appearances for the club, respectively. Omar shined in his performance going 5 innings and holding down the TNCC offense to the best of his ability. On the offensive end the Green and Gold plated 13 runs on 13 hits with everyone scoring atleast once. Matt Smith launched a homerun. However, in the end, the Tribe came up just short of an amazing comeback from 10 runs down losing 14-13 in walk off fashion.
April 17, 2016
The Tribe's hot bats got even hotter in this weekend's series at George Washington. A quick team summary looks like 35 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, and 1 homerun!
In game one, W&M scored 11 behind a 7 run fifth inning to effect the slaughter rule. Offensive highlights include: Kyle Wilson 3-3 (2B, 3B, 2 RS, BB, SB) and Thomas Pulisic 2-3 (2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 RS, SacF). Defensively the Tribe looked smooth behind Kaku Masuda's complete game, 0 earned runs, and 5 strikeouts outing.
The second Saturday game stayed close throughout. The Tribe took a 3-2 lead into the 5th when GWU threatened with runners at the corners and 2 outs. Then the three hitter smacked a double into right center scoring only one because of a relay from Hunter McKinney to Kyle Wilson to CJ Dube tagging the baserunner out at the plate! The tied stood going into the last inning. Pinch hitter Kaku Masuda's lead off walk set up a Nathan Broffman sac bunt, which brought the top of the lineup to the plate. Kyle Wilson continued his great weekend with an RBI triple to give the Tribe the lead! Another complete game by a William & Mary stunted the GWU hitters. Matt Smith tossed 9 strikeouts on 7 innings yielding 8 hits and 3 runs.
The bats came out in full force in the last game as the Tribe scored 19 runs in total and scoring 6 runs in two different innings. Thomas Pulisic belted his 4th home run of the season. Vincent Cunningham stole his first career base. CJ Aftergut recorded 4 walks. Kyle Wilson swiped 4 bags of his own. These are the most eye popping highlights from the game that was full of offense.
Over the whole series, Kyle Wilson reached base safely on 12 out of 14 plate appearances. His stat line reads: 7-11 (2 2B, 2 3B, 6 RS, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 5 SB) with a game winning hit!
April 10, 2016
This weekend involved a trek to Harrisonburg for a conference series against JMU. All three games were close; with a total run differential of 5 runs.
The Tribe dropped the opener 9-6 after giving up an early lead. They had a lead 4 run lead going into the bottom of the 5th inning when the Dukes plated 6 runs of their own. However the Tribe continued to fight into the last inning when they had bases loaded and 1 out, but failed to rally a comeback do to base running errors.
In the rubber match, JMU ended the game on a walk off single after a slugfest of a game. 21 runs were tallied combined. Thomas Pulisic led the Tribe's charge hitting 3 for 3 with 2 homeruns! The Tribe steadily scored by putting up crooked numbers in almost every inning.
Another close one wrapped up the series between the King & Queen and the Dukes. Errors (6) ultimately haunted the Tribe. Kaku Masuda pitched 8 innings with 10 K's yielding 5 runs- but 0 earned runs.
During the weekend the Tribe smacked 3 homeruns and 8 doubles in total during the slugfest that they didn't have enough haymakers for.
April 3, 2016
William and Mary opened conference play up with a home series versus UVA by playing a doubleheader on Sunday after a rainout of the previous day.
The bottom half of the lineup came up strong for the Tribe in game one of the two game set. With the top 4 batters combining for 2 hits, the bottom five tallied 10 hits and 4 runs. Vincent Cunningham shined the brightest with his 3 singles and one RBI. The offense chipped away at UVA scattering runs throughout the ball game. On the flip side UVA couldn't find a way to score, which is hard to do when they only produced 5 base runners. Kaku Masuda started on the mound for W&M and went the distance again. Outdoing his performance from last week he tossed a complete game shutout on 4 hits and 5 strikeouts. He also picked off 3 base runners.
In game two, the bottom half of the Tribe's lineup stayed hot and the top half decided to get hot. One and two hole hitters, Kyle Wilson and Hunter McKinney, both went 2-3. Kyle went 2-3 with a triple, 2 RBIs, 3 runs scored, and a stolen base; Hunter went 2-3 with a RBI, run scored, and walk. Again W&M scored 6 runs as a team. Matt Smith earned another win with his 5 innings of 1 run ball. The game became interesting in the 7th when Nate Rhondeau gave up 4 runs, to make it a one run game, with runners on second and third and two outs. With the pressure on he struck out the next batter to end the game and give William and Mary the 6-5 win!
The last game of the series has yet to be given a makeup date.
March 26, 2016
Easter weekend the Tribe played a Saturday doubleheader versus VCU. The games were played at Varina High School; a homecoming for second baseman and coach Hunter McKinney. The day was full of excitement in both one run victories for the Green and Gold.
To start the Tribe had a come from behind win in the last inning. The Rams had 3 runs to the Tribe's 2 heading into the top of the 7th. Then Kyle Wilson led off with a single, stole second, and was sacrificed to third by a Hunter McKinney bunt. Dakota Hunter came to the plate with 2 outs. He then stroked a ball over the left center fence for a 2 run homerun and the lead, 4-3! Thomas Pulisic also had a jack in the game, and Vincent Cunningham went 3-3 with 2 doubles. Kaku Masuda threw a gutsy complete game. To earn the win his stat line was 7 innings, 7 hits, 2 ER, and 7 K's.
Runs were hard to come by in game 2. The Tribe plated 2 thanks to a Cory Thomas single in the third and an Omar Hanley sac fly in the 7th. Omar came in the game during the 3rd inning as a pinch runner for Hunter McKinney who was hit by a pitch in the face that broke his glasses and drew blood. From then he played great defense in the field and recorded the game winning RBI with the sac fly. Matt Smith tried to out due Kaku on the mound. In his 6 and 2/3 of work he gave up 1 run on 6 hits, and 2 walks, while striking out 4. Dakota Hunter earned the save.
March 23, 2016
A mid-week game at TNCC gave the Tribe a chance to get some role players more reps and see what they have in the bullpen. The score was not in favor of the Tribe, but quality at bats were seen. On the rubber the Tribe mostly struggled with the exception of Matt Smith who went 2 innings giving up zero runs with 3 K's. Hunter McKinney had 2 singles and the only RBI of the night. William and Mary looks to get back to their winning ways this weekend against VCU.
March 20, 2016
16th ranked Delaware came to Williamsburg this past weekend for a three game series.
In game 1, the Tribe got off to a good start by scoring Kyle Wilson after reaching base on an error in the first. However, not much else happened offensively. Delaware scored 11, slaughtering the Tribe, after Nate Rhondeau left the mound after the first with an arm injury.
In the second part of the Saturday doubleheader, Tribe again got to a hot start offensively scoring 2 runs on 4 hits. They failed to score again until the last frame. Kyle Wilson had a game going 3-4 (2B, 2 Runs). Matt Smith kept to Blue Hens' bats to 3 runs through 4 innings when he left the game. In the 5th the Hens scored 7 breaking the game open. They eventually won by a score of 10-5.
On Sunday, the game was held at Plumeri Park on an overcast rainy day. The Tribe held a 7-4 lead going into the 8th behind the bats of Cory Thomas (3-4 2B, 2 RBI) and Thomas Pulisic (2-4 RBI, Run). 5 runners left in scoring position would come back to haunt the Tribe. In the top of the 8th the Hens would score 7 runs to take the lead. Kaku Masuda had, to that point, gone 7 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 6 K's. Things fell apart in the 8th, capped off by an inside the park grand slam. The Delaware Blue Hens are a formidable non-conference opponent that gave the Tribe 3 tough games to prepare for MAC-North play.
March 17, 2016
A mid-week game against SUNY Adirondack opened home play for the Tribe. Travelling from New York the Timberwolves came down on a Spring Break trip to get away from the cold, wintery north. The Green & Gold's offensive sticks stayed hot from Florida, while stifling the opponents'. CJ Dube's 5 hits lead the team that totaled 14 on the night. Five different pitchers toed the rubber for the Tribe combining for 1 earned run, 4 hits allowed, and 9 strikeouts. The end result was a slaughter rule of 13-3 after 8 innings of play.
March 5-12, 2016
Spring Break means traveling to Tampa, FL to participate in the NCBA Spring Training Showcase. The Tribe played 5 games as well as enjoyed their days off by visiting beaches, exploring the nightlife, attending MLB Spring Training games, and going on a team canoe trip to see alligators.
First game of the year the Tribe came out stroking against Ferris State. They scored 12 runs on 15 hits. Hunter McKinney (3-3 2B, 3 RBI, BB) and CJ Dube (2-3 3 RBI, SacF, R) lead the charge. On the mound Vincent Cunningham pitched a complete game shutout, including 6 K's.
In their second game, the Tribe let a late lead slip away from Penn St. DII by giving up 7 runs in the 6th inning. They eventually fell 8-5.
Next they played top ten ranked PITT. The Green & Gold fell 16-4 being plagued by errors (4) and defensive miscues.
However, they bounced back well beating Illinois State 8-7. William & Mary gave up 3 runs in the top of the first, but responded with 4 of their own in the bottom half. From there on the Tribe didn't look back. Dakota Hunter threw a 2 inning save as a total team effort was needed on the offensive side.
A night game versus Minn St.-Mankato wrapped up play. The Tribe came out victorious by a score of 9-3. Once again Cunningham threw a gem going 6 innings with 6 K's. Cory Thomas lead the offense with a 2-3 out at the plate along with a double, intentional walk, and 2 runs scored.
Thanks again to all those who donated, and supported us, that allowed this trip to be a reality.
Feb 27, 2016
Unfortunately, due to field conditions from the recent inclement weather, our spring opener vs Penn State DII has been cancelled. We will now open play in Tampa, Florida at the NCBA Spring Training Showcase.
October 25, 2015
Homecoming weekend means the alumni return to town. A great weekend was spent with new and old teammates meeting one another and a bond created between current and former teams.
On Sunday the second annual alumni game took place with the current team coming out victorious 8-7. The alum, coached by Rob DeGraaff and Sean Haywood, took a 6-5 lead in the 6th. Max Cunningham threw a gem for the alumni going 5 1/3 innings, with good relief by Gabe Perkinson and Bobby Klein. Other highlights include Jim Mancari smoking a double over the left fielder and CJ Dube with 2 doubles. One matchup that was interesting to watch was the duel between the Cunningham brothers, Max and Vincent. Both threw to each other while pitching in the game with each winning the matchup on the mound. Also, Kevin Lee had to be restrained by the catcher as he attempted to charge Thomas Pulisic on the mound after a high and tight fastball almost hit him. All was in good humor. Overall, it was a great day for baseball. Be sure to check out the pictures from the game!
October 22, 2015
The Green and Gold traveled to TNCC once again for a 9-inning game with a 5:30 game time. The Tribe dug themselves a deep hole falling to a 10-0 deficit after two innings. However, they did not roll over and give the rest of the game away. The team continued to fight throughout the game starting with Kyle Wilson leading off the 3rd with a homerun. Kaku Masuda then entered the game on the mound. In three innings he only faced 10 batters, giving up 1 hit while striking out 4. The offense then began to chip away at the TNCC lead by working their way on base and individual players doing their job by moving runners around the bases and playing smart. Eventually, the 9th came around and the Tribe had the tying run at the plate, but failed to capitalize. The final score was 11-7 in favor of TNCC giving W&M its first loss.
October 18, 2015
The Tribe had its first weekend action as they traveled to Elon for a doubleheader. Game 1 was full of excitement from controversial calls, to great plays, to comebacks, and extra innings! The game ended in a 3-3 tie after 9 innings of a scheduled 7-inning game. The Tribe scored 1 in the sixth to tie the game and send it to extras. In the 8th Kaku Masuda and Matt Smith started the frame with back to back singles, and both eventually scored to make it 3-1. In the bottom half of the frame Elon worked to load the bases with 0 outs and plated 2. With the winning run trying to score from second on a line drive to leftfield, Kaku delivered a strike from the outfield to gun the runner at home by several steps.
Game 2 was a different story as the Tribe had control throughout the game. A comeback was not needed as they took a commanding 7-0 lead by the 4th. Many new, young guys took advantage of their playing time. For example, Kendall Bayless went 2-4 with a triple, RBI, and a run scored. Once again the Tribe out hit their opponent, just as in game 1, with the pitching staff of Derek Richardson, Hank Evans, and Vini Cunningham holding the Phoenix to 5 hits. The staff also combined for more K's (8) than hits allowed.
October 13, 2015
The Tribe finally took the field to begin their fall campaign. The season opened with a 6-3 win at TNCC. Thomas Pulisic led the offense with 2-3 (4 RBI, RS, SB, SacF) performance. Five different pithcers took the mound for the Green and Gold as they were getting everyone some innings. Dakota Hunter had the start on the hill followed by Robert Rust, Thomas Pulisic, Kaku Masuda, and Matt Smith. The staff combined for 15 strikeouts, and Kaku faced 3 batters and recorded 3 K's. Great way to Start the season Tribe, and keep on rolling!
May 3, 2015
The Tribe finished the season in College Park with a 4 game set against Maryland. The green and gold dropped the conference series 1-2 and the non-conference game. In the conference series the Tribe outscored the Terps 24-22 and outhit them 35-27. Sean Rutherford had another great outing on the mound in game 1 going 6.33 innings giving up 1 run with 9 K's and 0 walks getting the no decision. Dakota Hunter also had a good weekend on the mound in his 3 appearances giving up 1 earned run on 5 innings pitched and getting the win. At the plate Hunter McKinney went 7-16 (2B, BB, 4 RBI, 4 R) earning him the Player of the Week title. JT Brosnahan and Vincent Cunningham both hit a homerun during the weekend set.
The Tribe would like to thank their graduating seniors: Robert DeGraaff, JT Brosnahan, Kevin Lee, Sean Rutherford, and Ryan Polk on their contributions and dedication to the club. Good luck on your future endeavors!
April 20, 2015
Congratulations to Sean Rutherford who swept conference player and pitcher of the week honors! Rutherford went 7-10 (2B, 3 R, IBB, SB) on the weekend, as well as throwing a complete game shutout for a victory.
The Tribe played JMU this weekend dropping the series in heartbreaking fashion in a 3-2 game 3 loss. On the weekend the Tribe out scored the Dukes 13 to 12, and was only out hit by a single hit, 26 to 25.
In game one, the green and gold got behind early and couldn't quite finish the comeback. They didn't go out without a fight, as they came back to win the second half of the game, and put themselves in a position to win in the last inning. Highlights for this game include 4 doubles from Pulisic, Dube, Rutherford, and Wilson. The Tribe got back to winning ways in game two behind a gem from Rutherford and a 3 RBI bases clearing double from Dakota Hunter. It was a very clean game for the Tribe as JMU had only 6 batters reach base. The deciding game of the series was a hard fought loss. The Tribe pushed two runs across in the first, ignited by a Kyle Wilson triple. A couple of late errors plagued the Tribe as 2 unearned runs scored for the Dukes giving them the lead. A lead that the Tribe could not take back.
April 12, 2015
History! The Tribe won its first ever NCBA D1 game Saturday, by a score of 13-3. A series versus GWU opened with an offensive explosion of 13 runs on 11 hits, CJ Dube (2-3 2B, 2R, RBI) and Sean Rutherford (2-4 2R) had a multi hit game. The hitting was very balanced as 9 players recorded a hit, 7 players had an RBI, and nobody had over 2 RBI's himself. Rutherford got the start and the win against the Colonials. He pitched 5 innings giving up 2 earned runs and 8 hits, but fanned 7 batters.
On Sunday, the green and gold took the series sweep, winning 7-3 and 3-1. Freshman, Derek Richardson got the start in the morning. After a rough start in the 1st he settled down and ended after 5 innings with 1ER, a walk, 5 K's, and the win. At the plate Hunter McKinney went 2-3 with 2 doubles, a walk, and 2 runs. Game 3 was a battle. Thomas Pulisic made a SCTop10 play diving for a ball in center, and in one continuous motion threw to first for the double play. It was a tied game going into the bottom of the 6th. CJ Dube lead off with a walk, pinch runner Thomas Dungan scored on a Rob DeGraaff single to take the lead, which Kyle Slatzberg came in after to record the save.